AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 12 (December)

Surgery: Eye and Ocular Adnexa (December 2009)

December 2009 page 12a Bonus Feature:Surgery: Eye and Ocular Adnexa Question: When a rust ring is removed from the cornea by scraping or using a drill (burr) at the time of foreign body removal, is it appropriate to report both codes 65222, Removal of foreign body, external eye; corneal, with slit lamp, and 65435, Removal of corneal epithelium; with or without chemocauterization (abrasion, curettage)? Donna Allshire, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEDC, RCC Answer: The removal of rust ring on the same day as the corneal foreign body removal is considered an inclusive component of the procedure, and therefore, should not...

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